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Napping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN

By Associated Press |

A New York Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Bristol-based ESPN and two ESPN announcers, contending that the announcers mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.

Nickola Cunha

Pro Bono Honors: Nickola Cunha Attends To Pro Bono Clients Like They Were Her Own Siblings

By JAY STAPLETON |

Nickola Cunha's desire to help others started when she began shouldering a big burden at a young age. Now a general practice solo in Hamden, Cunha Britain was just shy of her 21st birthday when her mother passed away, leaving her in charge of caring for her younger brother and two sisters.

Transgender Teen Likely To Be Transferred From Prison To Treatment Center

By Associated Press |

The head of Connecticut's child welfare agency says a transgender teenager detained in an adult prison without criminal charges has been accepted for admission to a private treatment center for youths in Massachusetts.

Corporate Law Reforms Could Mean Legal Business For Conn.

By JAY STAPLETON |

They are corporate giants, employing thousands of Connecticut residents at their headquarters and generating hundreds of millions in tax dollars each year. But much of the tax revenue paid by Connecticut's largest corporate citizens goes to a tiny coastal state south of New Jersey.

Conn. Pharmaceutical Company Agrees To $650 Million National Settlement

By By KAREN ALI |

Ridgefield-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of claims that an antistroke medication caused excessive bleeding.

Health Law: The Current State Of Physician Practice Valuation

By LAURA M. PFEIFFENBERGER and MARK O. DIETRICH |

Just as in the 1990s, there is a wave of consolidation in the health-care industry today that is affecting both the perception and the reality of physician practice value. In many cases, the economics of today's transactions are similar to the '90s and that does not bode well for the future.

Ex-Hedge Fund Execs Plead Guilty To Conspiracy

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS |

Three former hedge fund executives pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge stemming from a scheme to deceive investors in order to keep a big customer, federal prosecutors said.

Editorial: Fixing The Department Of Veterans Affairs

The current scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs is a failure of the VA's leadership to run the agency in the veterans' best interest and a failure of Congress to provide needed resources.

Attorney Emanuele 'Manny' Cicchiello

IT Worker Gets $536,000 For Wrongful Termination

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Jason Bissonnette v. Highland Park Market Inc.: A former employee of a Connecticut supermarket chain has been awarded about $536,000 after a jury decided that he was wrongfully terminated when he took time off to have back surgery for an injury he claimed to have suffered while on the job.

Pro Bono Honors: William Grady's No Longer A Teacher, But He Still Helps Young People

By JAY STAPLETON |

William G. Grady's career handling criminal defense and child protection cases has followed, to borrow from the words of poet Robert Frost, "the road less traveled." Back in 1964, his first "real job" was teaching English literature and composition to wayward girls at the now defunct Long Lane School, run by the state Department of Children and Families.

Conn. Supreme Court Gives New Rights To Indigent Defendants

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that indigent criminal defendants who are representing themselves in court have a constitutional right to receive public money to pay for investigators and expert witnesses.

Attorney William Westcott

Judge Described Limitations Of Voyeurism Law In Dismissing Charges

By Karen Ali |

A Wilton man accused of videotaping encounters with women had his charges dismissed, fueling a debate about the existing law and what it means to be in "plain view."

Anti-Gang Initiatives And New Clemency Reviews Are Priorities For U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Newly sworn-in U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly is doing more than just talking about her plans to make fighting violent crime a top priority. She's already building on initiatives currently in place to end gang violence and hinting at future announcements of additional anti-crime task forces that are being created.

Employment Law Boutique Firm Makes Strategic Move To Fairfield County

By JAY STAPLETON |

Labor and employment boutique Mitchell & Sheahan has opened new office in Stamford to expand into the booming portion of the state that is home to many corporate offices and New York City commuters.

Islamic School Property Focus Of Tax Controversy

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Each year, hundreds of Connecticut home and business owners challenge their property tax bills. While most cases are resolved during hearings at the municipal level, some move into the court system. But seldom do such cases spark much public interest.

How Simple Hernia Surgery Turned Into A $12 Million Med-Mal Verdict

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Vivian Gagliano went into Danbury Hospital for what was supposed to be a routine hernia operation — an outpatient procedure. But the operation went wrong, and she spent 34 days in the intensive care unit, a total of 70 days in the hospital, had six more surgeries and amassed $1 million in medical bills.

Parents Press Emotional Distress Claim After Son's Suicide

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Summary: Parents who saw their son hang himself are contesting a trial judge's decision to dismiss their bystander emotional distress claim filed as part of their medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital that had released their son earlier that morning.

Top New Haven Lawyer Nominated For Federal Judgeship

By JAY STAPLETON |

Victor Bolden, New Haven's corporation counsel, is winning praise from Connecticut lawmakers after being nominated for a federal judge's post by President Barack Obama.

Gerald Passaro and Thomas Buckholz

DOMA Decision Brings Wave Of Litigation Involving Same-Sex Partners

By JAY STAPLETON and KAREN ALI |

A Connecticut resident who previously challenged the Defense of Marriage Act has filed suit against a major U.S. company in an attempt to collect pension benefits he claims he is owed following his partner's death.

Kenneth Caisse

Pro Bono Honors: Kenneth Caisse Offers Sympathy And Service To Self-Represented Parties

By KAREN ALI |

Kenneth Caisse sees his role as leveling the playing field. Often, he says, he steps into divorce cases where one spouse is represented by a lawyer—or an entire legal team—and another spouse cannot afford legal representation.

Lawyer Who Ran For Mayor Suspended For Six Years

By Karen Ali and Jay Stapleton |

A lawyer who ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic candidate in a four-way race for Milford mayor in 2009 was suspended for six years from the practice of law, according to a ruling by Judge Frank Iannotti.

Defense Says $10 Million Verdict Could Spur Domestic Violence Lawsuits Against Police

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a woman who was stabbed to death after police officers allegedly failed to enforce a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, leading one defense attorney to predict that Connecticut police departments will face a wave of lawsuits by domestic violence victims.

Employment Law: Executive Compensation Issues For Tax-Exempt Employers

By RACHEL ARNEDT |

Compensation packages for executives of tax-exempt organizations can raise private inurement issues and are also subject to tax regulations governing benefits, including nonqualified deferred compensation, that do not apply to taxable employers. It's a thorny world out there. Tread carefully.

More Lawyers Grieved For Fiduciary Issues, CBA Panelists Say

By JAY STAPLETON |

About 100 Connecticut lawyers underwent a "scared straight" program on ethics hosted by the Connecticut Bar Association at its annual meeting on Monday, June 16. This years' annual CBA meeting was rebranded this year as the Connecticut Legal Conference, and featured a luncheon and several networking opportunities, including a cocktail hour.

Editorial: Governor: Do The Right Thing And Ensure Fair Hearings

Former Superior Court Judge Beverly Hodgson in her opinion piece, "State Agency Needs To Change Rules For Hearings" (Connecticut Law Tribune, May 30) had it exactly right in urging enactment of P.A. 14-209, "An Act Concerning Administrative Hearings Conducted by the Department of Social Services." The legislation is awaiting action by the governor, but there are rumors that some people are encouraging him to veto it. What a mistake that would be.

Convicted Killer Challenges Husband's Incriminating Testimony

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Summary: A woman convicted of murder is appealing on grounds that the testimony of her now ex-husband was protected marital communications and should not have been used against her at her criminal trial.

Accident Victim's Decision To Reject Settlement Pays Off

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Dario Correa v. Miguel Rodriguez: A Hartford man who injured his back after getting rear-ended at a red light was awarded $65,600 by a jury recently after turning down a defense settlement offer of $19,000.

Conn. Task Force Calls For Legal Education Reforms

By KENNETH SHLUGER |

Changes in the legal marketplace have caused law schools, law firms, bar associations and governmental regulators to reconsider all aspects of legal education. For decades, law schools utilized the Socratic Method to teach law students to "think like a lawyer." Thereafter, these newly admitted attorneys would be scooped up by law firms who would train and mold them into well-paid and productive attorneys.

Opinion: Law Firms Are Slow To Adapt To New Innovations

By ADRIAN DAYTON |

What do lawyers and Pakistani factory workers have in common? More than you think. Especially when it comes to innovation. Columbia University researchers looked at how innovation spreads in a seemingly simple area—the manufacture of soccer balls.

New Leaders In The Law Nomination Application

Click below for the Connecticut Law Tribune's New Leaders in the Law 2014 Nomination Application. We will profile 50 individuals whose achievements to date, in our opinion, distinguish them from their peers.

Attorney Timothy Moynahan

College Names Law Library Collection After Local Lawyer

By KAREN ALI |

Waterbury criminal defense and personal injury lawyer Timothy Moynahan, who has practiced for 50 years, has no shortage of courtroom wins under his belt. But when Post University students mention his name in the future, it will likely be in reference to a trip to the school library rather than a nearby courthouse.

Former Hartford Archbishop Accused Of Not Properly Supervising Priest In Mass Sex Abuse Case

By Associated Press |

FALL RIVER, Mass. - (AP) -- Two former altar boys at a Massachusetts Roman Catholic church have filed a lawsuit alleging they were sexually abused by a now deceased priest, while the former bishop of Fall River who was also an archbishop in Hartford did nothing to stop it.

Former Executive Wins Just Under $2 Million In Lawsuit After Insurer Accuses Him Of Arson

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A former Wall Street executive who lost all of his belongings in a fire at his home stands to recover just under $2 million after a jury decided his insurance company wrongly accused him of arson and refused to pay him.

Mother, Hospital Settle ADA Discrimination Suit

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The federal government and the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain have reached a settlement agreement over allegations that that the hospital refused to accommodate a child in its summer camp program in 2013 because the child had diabetes and required the use of an insulin pump.

Garvin Ambrose

Victim Advocate Steps Down After Short Stay

By KAREN ALI |

In April, Connecticut State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose spoke enthusiastically about heading up a new state commission that would be the first of its type in the country.

Employment Law: Immigration Waiting Games

By ANDREW L. WIZNER |

On May 12, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed a rule to amend current regulations so that certain spouses of temporary H-1B specialty occupation workers may work in the U.S. USCIS does not now extend work authorization to H-4 spouses of H-1B workers.

Conn. AG Joins Multi-State Investigation Of General Motors

By Law Tribune Staff |

Up until now, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has been the Connecticut official who has been most outspoken about General Motors' much-publicized problems with faulty ignition switches on GM vehicles.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Police Discretion

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The state Supreme Court last week tossed a lawsuit against Hartford police for not preventing a murder at a residence where officers had been called for a domestic dispute just hours before.

Honors Night 2014

The 2014 Honor's Night brought together prominent members of the legal community to recognize the service and accomplishment of lawyers from throughout the state who perform pro bono work, lead government agencies and teach others important legal principles.

Connecticut Legal Rights Project

Honors Night 2014: A Lifeline For People With Mental Illness

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The Connecticut Legal Rights Project has been operating under the radar since 1990. The group provides legal services to low-income adults with psychiatric disabilities living in Connecticut, primarily on matters related to their health care treatment and civil rights.

Court Says Trust Funds Factor In Medicaid Eligibility

By The Associated Press |

Connecticut officials can reject Medicaid coverage for nursing home patients if their spouses have trusts funds, no matter if those funds predated the marriage and were never intended to benefit the patients, the state Supreme Court ruled.

State Announces $81 Million Court Facility

By KAREN ALI |

The state is planning to build an $81 million courthouse in Torrington, a step that will replace Superior Court buildings in Litchfield and Bantam and consolidate court operations in the Litchfield Judicial District.

Employment Law: Punitive Damages Claimed Under Fair Employment Act

By MICHAEL D. COLONESE and CASSIE N. JAMESON |

Are punitive damages available to plaintiffs who prove willful employment discrimination under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. 46a-60 et seq.? That question is currently before the Appellate Court in Tomick v. United Parcel Service, AC 35896.

Top New Haven Lawyer Nominated For Federal Judgeship

By JAY STAPLETON |

Victor Bolden, New Haven's corporation counsel, is winning praise from Connecticut lawmakers after being nominated for a federal judge's post by President Barack Obama.

Plan Is Offered To Solve Medical Custody Dispute Involving Connecticut Teen

Massachusetts officials announced a plan Monday to return a teenager in a custody dispute involving different diagnoses by two hospitals to her home state of Connecticut to be closer to her family, but her family objected to it, calling it a "slap in the face."

Supreme Court Sets Rare Summer Session For Death Penalty Case

The state Supreme Court has scheduled a rare summer special session to hear the death penalty appeal of Russell Peeler Jr., who ordered the 1999 killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son in Bridgeport.

Scam Targeting Lawyers Grows More Sophisticated

By KAREN ALI |

Attorney Dan McGuire has seen his fair share of scams aimed a law firms over the years, and he thinks he's pretty good at recognizing them. But he said a new version of an old scheme was so sophisticated that he felt the need to call the FBI and wants to warn fellow lawyers.

Employment Law: New State Legislation Affecting The Workplace

By MARK J. SOMMARUGA |

The following is a brief description of pertinent bills passed during the 2014 session of the General Assembly that may impact the workplace. Note that as of the date of the drafting of this article, most of these bills were awaiting action by the governor. In addition, there may be other bills that tangentially impact employment matters that are not addressed in this article due to space considerations.

Birth Certificate Access Bill Raises Adoption Law Issues

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Connecticut adoptees marked a major milestone earlier this year when the General Assembly passed legislation giving them access to their original birth certificates — and the names of their biological parents.

Health Law: HIPAA Breaches: Getting It Right

By JOAN W. FELDMAN and WILLIAM J. ROBERTS |

Anyone who has been to a doctor's office in the last 12 years, by now, knows that the federal government enacted a privacy and security law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

New Program Designed To Expedite Civil Litigation In Conn.

By PATRICK R. LINSEY |

A new program rolling out in state courts should be of interest to civil litigators tired of spending hours sitting around a courthouse, only to argue motions to a judge unfamiliar with their case.

Legal Aid Agencies To Benefit From Budget Bill

By Associated Press |

Connecticut lawmakers have averted a potential $4.5 million cut to legal aid services that agencies say would have forced them to turn away hundreds of low-income people seeking help with legal issues ranging from domestic violence to evictions.

Prosecutors, Courts Seeing Spike In Heroin

By Karen Ali |

Along with the sharp increase in heroin deaths in Connecticut, more criminal cases involving heroin sale and possession are being observed in the state's courts. It might be too early for statistics to show, but some lawyers and judges are already seeing a spike in heroin arrests.

CDLA Meeting Features Seminar On 'Reptile Theory'

The Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, June 5, at the Mohegan Sun casino in Montville.

Law Firm Break-Up Leads To Lawsuit Over Client Files

By KAREN ALI |

Timonthy Moynanhan and Martin Minella practiced law together for three decades years in Waterbury, forming a formidable practice known for its work in criminal defense as well as other practice areas.

Editorial: Sergeant Bergdahl's Case: A Teachable Moment

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl deserves the attention it's getting, but it's important that some basics be kept in mind as the national discussion crests. First, regardless of what you think he may have done, Bergdahl is entitled to be presumed innocent.

Waterbury Hospital To Share In $297 Million Class Action Settlement

By PAUL SUSSMAN |

Waterbury Hospital and hundreds of other hotels, restaurants and medical facilities across the country that claimed they were overcharged by a major food vendor will likely share in a $297 million class action settlement.

Rowland Seeks Dismissal Of Campaign Charges

By Associated Press |

Former Gov. John G. Rowland is seeking the dismissal of federal charges that accused him of trying to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns, saying he did nothing wrong.

Deirdre Daly Confirmed By Senate As U.S. Attorney For Conn.

By Law Tribune Staff |

Before breaking for the Memorial Day holiday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Deirdre Daly, of Fairfield, to be Connecticut's U.S. attorney. Daly has been serving as acting U.S. attorney for the past year, taking on the role after U.S. Attorney David Fein returned to private practice last year.

Other State AGs Join Challenge To Conn. Gun Law

By JAY STAPLETON |

Attorneys general in 23 states — mostly in the West and South — have joined an appellate challenge to the constitutionality of Connecticut gun control measures passed in the wake of the Newtown school massacre in December 2012.

Mohegan Sun casino

Excessive Force Case Results In Rare Plaintiff Victory In Tribal Court

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When a drunken bar patron gets forcefully subdued by a police officer and wins a five-figure verdict as a result, it's usually not big news. But move a similar confrontation to a Native American casino, and that’s a different story. A patron of the Mohegan Sun Casino has prevailed in what may be the first successful excessive force claim against a tribal police officer in Connecticut, according to the plaintiff's attorney who won the case.

'Very Familiar' Lawyer Target Of 23 Grievance Complaints

By KAREN ALI |

In considering the latest matter involving John Evans, a reviewing panel for the Statewide Grievance Committee commented that the Stamford personal injury lawyer is a “very familiar” figure to state disciplinary authorities.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Electronic Snooping Threatens Our Freedom

By Norm Pattis |

Did you catch the news that Eric Holder and the geniuses at Justice persuaded a grand jury to indict five members of the Chinese military? The super hackers are charged with computer crimes: they've been snooping in the electronic entrails of American corporations, by golly. That's a federal crime, the administration claims.

More Pro Ses Appearing In Appellate Court

By JAY STAPLETON |

Nonlawyers used to represent themselves in only the simplest cases. Even that caused challenges for the court system, as trial judges had to slow down and explain procedural matters to these novice litigators.

Ex-East Haven Town Attorney Accuses Controversial Mayor Of Libel

By JAY STAPLETON |

It's been two years since federal authorities charged four East Haven police officers with racial profiling and mistreatment of Latinos during traffic stops. But the controversy hasn't fully faded away.

Colin Tait

Honors Night 2014: Colin Tait Wrote The Book On Connecticut Evidence Law

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY |

From the late 1970s through 1999, the first thing that many Connecticut lawyers did at trial was to take out a slim orange book and place it on the counsel table. It was professor Colin Tait's "Handbook of Connecticut Evidence."

Civil Litigation Reform Con: Be Cautious In Making Wholesale Changes

The Editorial Board has previously addressed the question of civil litigation reform and the need to preserve access to the court for all litigants. To have truly open courts, all litigants must have their cases heard on the merits, regardless of the size of their case or their financial ability to afford a protracted legal battle.

Pro Bono Honors: Tracie Molinaro Makes Sure Abused Children Are Represented In Court

By KAREN ALI |

Tracie Molinaro gives children a voice in court, even when they cannot be present. And, sometimes, after they have died. Molinaro, of St. Onge & Brouillard in Woodstock, handles a wide range of pro bono cases, including work as a guardian ad litem representing children who have been victims of sex abuse in criminal cases.

Editorial: Connecticut Deserves Voice On Port Authority

In late November 2013, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat of New York's 31st District, said to his colleagues that while the George Washington Bridge "Bridgegate" incident appeared to have been initiated by New Jersey appointees attempting to influence their home states political process, "the Port Authority remains a bi-state agency. We are linked ...by economic resources, integrated planning and shared oversight responsibilities."

Josh McLaurin, Yale Law student

Yale Law Grad Wins Appeal In Video Case

By ALYSON M. PALMER, ALM Media |

As a Yale Law School student on summer break, Joshua McLaurin spent part of last year videorecording criminal court proceedings to document the experience of indigent defendants in Georgia.

Sandy Still Raising Insurance Claim Issues

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

In the 18 months since Superstorm Sandy swept in from the Atlantic, Connecticut lawyers have been untangling knotty legal issues that have arisen concerning insurance coverage for home and business owners who suffered property damage.

Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Appeal May Delay Ex-White House Lawyer's Attempted Murder Trial

By Associated Press |

A former White House lawyer charged with trying to kill his wife in Connecticut is appealing a judge's decision to prevent Farren from employing a mental health defense. John Michael Farren, who worked in both Bush administrations, has asked the Connecticut Appellate Court to overturn a May 1 decision by Stamford Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford.

Conn. Judges Return From African Conference With New Perspective

By PATTY JENKINS PITTMAN and MARY SOMMER |

Editor's note: Connecticut Superior Court Judges Patty Jenkins Pittman and Mary Sommer attended the 12th biennial conference of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), in Arusha, Tanzania, in early May. This is their account of what they call the trip of a lifetime.

Experts Predict Confusion As Juvenile Parole Bill Fails Again

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN and JAY STAPLETON |

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders violates the Eighth Amendment ban against cruel and unusual punishment, even when the conviction is for murder.

CBA Chooses Cheshire Attorney As New Executive Director

By JAY STAPLETON |

The Connecticut Bar Association has a new permanent executive director: Doug Brown, a Cheshire lawyer who had been serving as interim director, has been hired to fill the leadership post.

Editorial: In GAL Debate, Best Interest Of The Child Must Remain Top Priority

By now, everyone is fully aware of the ongoing debate over guardians ad litem, attorneys for minor children, and the various criticisms of judges and virtually all of the legal professionals involved in contested divorce and family matters involving children. In the legislature, bills have been passed. In the Superior Court Rules Committee, changes to the Practice Book are being drafted.

Former Associate Says Bill Gallagher Owed Her $35,000

By JAY STAPLETON |

Many bar members were troubled to learn of possible shortfalls in the client accounts of the late New Haven lawyer William Gallagher. And now it appears that there will be no easy resolution of the situation.

Shortage Of Lethal Injection Drugs Could Extend Conn. Death Row Appeals

By Associated Press |

Connecticut has 11 inmates on death row yet no access to the lethal injection drugs the state would use to perform those executions, a problem lawyers say could add years to litigation over those sentences.

Danbury Lawyer Joins National Plaintiffs Team Suing General Motors

By JAY STAPLETON |

A Danbury lawyer who has been active in the national class action involving the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking on another giant case. Agostino Ribeiro, a partner at Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith, has teamed up with Missouri lawyer Dan DeFeo and Louisiana attorney Ronnie Pention to bring legal claims against General Motors over its recalls for ignition-switch defects.

Jepsen Takes On High-Profile National Role Among AGs

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has taken on a higher national profile with his election as vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General. Jepsen was elected to the position last week at a national meeting of the group in Michigan.

Parents Found Not Liable For Alcohol Consumed By UConn Killer

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Jafar Karzoun, a 20-year-old University of Connecticut student, was punched in the face during a fight at Spring Weekend on campus in Storrs in 2011. He was knocked unconscious by the blow, hit his head on the concrete and suffered a massive head injury. He died about a week later.

Settlement Bars Placement Of Mentally Ill In Nursing Homes

By Associated Press |

Connecticut officials have agreed to stop housing many mentally ill people in nursing homes in a proposed settlement of an 8-year-old lawsuit involving more than 200 psychiatric patients.

Lawmakers Pass 'Landmark' Bill To Address College Sexual Assaults

By Associated Press |

Connecticut lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a wide-ranging bill that attempts to address and prevent sexual assault on college campuses, mirroring some of the newly released recommendations from a White House task force.

Editorial: A New Wrinkle In The Adversarial System

We in the common law world pride ourselves on our adversary system, where lawyers make the best arguments for opposing sides and judges decide which is the stronger argument. There is of course another world out there, the civil law world, where lawyers play a more modest role because the judges do much of the advocating, supposedly for the truth rather than for any particular party.

Connecticut Man Sentenced To Death

A Connecticut man has been sentenced to death for gunning down two adults and a 9-year-old girl in Bridgeport in 2006. A state judge in Bridgeport ruled Thursday that 49-year-old former Trumbull resident Richard Roszkowski (roz-KOW'-ski) should die by lethal injection. A jury in March recommended death instead of life in prison.

Editorial: Animal Farm: Taking Antibiotics Out Of The Trough

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued the most welcome news that it will be implementing a voluntary plan known as Guidance 213, instructing the agricultural industry to phase out the use of certain antibiotics added to animal feed to help them livestock gain weight faster on less food.

Ex-White House Lawyer Absent from Attempted Murder Trial

By KAREN ALI |

The first two days of the attempted murder trial of former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren has been notable for its dramatic testimony -- and the absence of the defendant.

Excessive-Force Case Settles For Nearly $200,000

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The video went viral with nearly 171,000 views on YouTube. It shows three Bridgeport police officers kicking a defenseless suspect that they just apprehended. In the aftermath, the officers were placed on paid leave and the beating victim, Orlando Lopez-Soto, filed an excessive-force lawsuit in federal court.

Editorial: Class Actions And the Plight Of The Consumer Plaintiff

There has existed for some time a tension between two provisions commonly found in consumer contracts of adhesion; i.e., the requirement that all claims be resolved by arbitration and the prohibition against any claims being pursued in a class action.

Employment Law: Wage And Hour Enforcement On The Rise

By ROBERT G. BRODY and ALEXANDER FRIEDMAN |

As the economy continues to struggle, and the job market remains lukewarm, local, state and federal governments and government agencies continue to press for stricter wage and hour laws and increased enforcement. Connecticut, in particular, has recently been a trendsetter in this area. The following are the major trends of which employers should be aware.

Employment Law: Conn. Statute Seems To Be At Odds With U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

By TODD STEIGMAN |

In May, the Connecticut Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will decide whether employees in Connecticut can be disciplined or discharged for engaging in certain speech in the workplace. That has become an unsettled issue in Connecticut in recent years, since a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling limited the rights of employees under the First Amendment.

Rule Change Would Allow For Quicker Law License Suspensions

By JAY STAPLETON |

When a 35-year-old Stamford lawyer pleaded guilty to taking part in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme back in February, the state wanted to immediately suspend his law license.

Lawmakers Consider Granting Immunity To Those Who Administer Narcan

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The Connecticut Legislature is making an effort to prevent heroin-related overdoses. One side effect may include reducing the potential civil liability of those who might provide lifesaving medication to drug users.

UConn Law Library

$12 Million Settlement Ends UConn Law Library Saga

By Law Tribune Staff |

A long-running legal battle over shoddy construction at the University of Connecticut law library has come to an end, as a group of contractors has settled with the state for more than $12 million.

Jepsen Takes On High-Profile National Role Among AGs

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has taken on a higher national profile with his election as vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General. Jepsen was elected to the position last week at a national meeting of the group in Michigan.

Naugatuck solo David DeRosa

'Astronomical' Fees Assessed To Lawyer Who Testified For GAL Reform

By JAY STAPLETON |

A Connecticut lawyer who publicly voiced his concerns about high costs of guardians ad litem services was shocked by the timing of an Appellate Court decision in his own divorce case.

Editorial: Would You Let Your Child Become A Lawyer?

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny spoke at the recent memorial service for Jacob Zeldes, a Bridgeport lawyer many considered the dean of Connecticut criminal law. The judge ended on a personal note.

Garvin Ambrose

State Victim Advocate Quits After 16 Months On Job

By KAREN ALI |

Connecticut State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose has announced his resignation from the post, less than 16 months after being appointed to the job. According to a news release distributed by the office of Gov. Dannel Malloy, Ambrose intends on relocating to his hometown of Chicago to accept a new professional opportunity.

Female Lawyer's Lawsuit Claims Union Leader Spoke Of Bikinis, Sex Toys

By KAREN ALI |

A female labor lawyer is pursuing claims against a union’s regional director who allegedly invited the attorney to don a bikini after a negotiation, showed her explicit photos on his computer and invited her to a sex toy party.